Press office contacts

KCC Media Hub – maintained by Kent County Council press office

Our press office responds to media enquiries from journalists about KCC services and policies.

We can arrange TV, press and radio interviews with Cabinet, Lead Members and senior officers.

We’ve recently converted our phones to Skype so if you cannot get through to a specific press officer, call 03000 418080.

The duty press officer outside of office hours this week is Gemma Smith on 07912 451940.

Press contact Specialist areas Telephone Email
Lucy Mayor (Press Office Manager) Includes: corporate issues, business and funding, democratic services and finance issues as well as policy, performance and improvement, information services and economic development.

Includes: social services for children, such as unaccompanied asylum seeking children, fostering, adoption and safeguarding issues as well as social care for adults, older people and promoting independence.

03000 416421


07850 907407
Suz Elvey Includes: education, early years, Kent Test, schools, special education needs, admissions and school places, quality and standards, post-16 education and apprenticeships. 03000 417020


07738 755491
Murray Evans Includes: libraries, Trading Standards, community safety, film office, public rights of way, Gypsies and Travellers, adult education, sports and culture, youth services, country parks, military, Gateways, Coroners courts, financial issues including the budget, the Chairman’s Office, corporate issues and civic duties. 03000 416071


07834 051150
Gemma Smith Includes: Public Health, such as support services for drugs and alcohol misuse, healthy weight management, community mental health, sexual health, health visitors, flu vaccination campaigns and severe weather. Also includes campaigns such as One You Kent, Release the Pressure and Change4Life. 03000 416699


07912 451940
Thom Morris Includes: highways and waste functions (potholes, household waste and recycling sites, bus passes, Blue Badge, roadworks, young person’s travel pass, 16+ Travel Card, road safety, flooding and drainage) the planning and environment teams, and the delivery of new major transport schemes, broadband. 03000 416907


07738 860726



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Hextable Primary School celebrates £2.6m makeover

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KCC “disappointed” at delay of planned Thameslink service to Maidstone East

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Maidstone prison library awarded silver for reading challenge

The library at Maidstone prison has been awarded silver for a challenge to get offenders reading. Kent Libraries, Registration and Archives provides a library service in all five prisons in the county. HMP Maidstone, on County Road in the town, is designated as a Foreign National prison and houses around…

Kent county council bids to the housing infrastructure fund

Kent County Council recognises the demonstrable need for new housing within the county and continues to lobby government for its support to deliver vital infrastructure supporting suitably located, high quality development across Kent. On the 4th July 2017, the Department for Communities and Local Government launched the £2.3 billion Housing…

Puppy smuggler faces £3,000 bill after Trading Standards prosecution

A man who imported four puppies illegally into the UK faces fines and costs totalling more than £3,000, following a prosecution by KCC Trading Standards. Canterbury Magistrates found Jiri Marusinec guilty in his absence of illegally landing the pug puppies into the UK in May this year.  They were told…

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Kent Children’s University one of 10 organisations in UK recognised on World Kindness Day

Kent Children’s University (KCU) is one of only 10 organisations in the UK to be recognised by a charity for its positive work on World Kindness Day on Monday, November 13. The KCU scheme, which encourages children and their families to learn in fun ways outside normal school hours, received…

School scoops £500 recycling award

A school in Gravesend has won a £500 prize and been named a county recycling champion after topping the leaderboard in a home recycling challenge which involved more than 100 schools across Kent. St John’s Catholic Primary School received its prize at its very own Wastebuster assembly held this morning…